Here are Some Resources to Help Choose Open Source Content Management Tools
A year ago I was hunting for some open source Content Management / Portal software. I looked at things like drupal, nuke and scoop, but found that there were nearly a hundred out there. I used CMS Matrix to narrow my list to something manageable. This site offers a massive list of software and provide matrix comparisons of all the common features. It really helps to narrow the number of tools to look at.
One problem with these kinds of comparisons is that you can't see how well the tools work. I spent some time reading documentation and looking at sites built using different tools, but that didn't tell me what I wanted to know. In particular, I wanted something that was easy to use and easy to manage. Some tools are flexible but horrible to install or blindingly stupid when it comes to management. For instance, I tried for a week (unsuccessfully) to install Geeklog before moving on to some others.
The most useful resource I found was OpenSourceCMS. This site has installs of dozens of tools and you can try them out as the site administrator. It helped me pick the right tool (e107 in my case) without suffering through hours of installs and uninstalls to test them out. Highly recommended if you're searching for open source CMS or portal software.
Posted by Mark Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:50:00 AM |